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Inquiring Minds Want to Know

Kindred Spirits--release date 10/31/13

Kindred Spirits–release date 10/31/13

So I’ve published my second book and of course I’m little nervous about how it will be received.  I joke about how people will think I’m utterly mad after having read the book. I’m not too concerned with that because I think we’re all a little crazy :)! I do, however, worry about people being cross with me for what I’ve done to a sacred topic.  I believe people refer to this as, blasphemy.  *Dun dun dunnn… Thunder clap*

I’m not heavily into religion but I do respect everyone’s beliefs and have always had the opinion that no one is right and no one is wrong. Is blasphemy still a big deal? I’m not being sarcastic or careless when I ask. I’m genuinely curious. As I’ve stated, I’m not a very religious person so I don’t know.  So, tell me, does it turn you off from an author’s future work if they’ve blasphemed? Inquiring minds want to know.

An Invitation To Fellow Writers

For the past four weeks I’ve been running my Enchanted Summer Games. There’s a little over half a dozen players. Not quite as many as I would have liked but these players have come back every week to participate. I designed these games as a way for me too meet new people and for people to get to know me. It has been a great experience so far. I post daily activities which help you advance on your opponents in decathlon-style events. It’s so much fun playing the actual online track and field games themselves. (Here’s the current event, the High Jump) Then there’s the daily activities you must complete to advance on fellow players.

For example, in yesterday’s daily task list there was a Fact or Fiction exercise. What each player had to do was list three facts about them. One was to be false. Fellow players had to guess which one was false. I learned new things about people I’m actually quite familiar with already. And in turn they learned something new about me. These are how I set up the games. It’s all about breaking the ice.

I encourage fellow writers to come and join in. As you compete for prizes, readers will get to know you and vice versa. When people get to know what you’re about they’re more inclined to invest in your dreams. And writers dream about getting read, no? At the least, you will have so much fun laughing at the friendly competition. You’ll win fun prizes, not a million dollars, but still fun :).

You have nothing to lose and a few things to gain. What you gain may be worth more than you think. Take a chance.

Enchanted Summer Games

My Life List– 40 Things I Want to See, Learn, Accomplish In My Lifetime.

After just celebrating the day I was born, I thought it might be fun to come up with a life list.  Some people call it a bucket list.  So here it goes in no particular order– a list of  forty things I want to accomplish in my lifetime.


  1. Visit each continent
  2. See the pyramids 
  3. Dance in the rain
  4. Meet my great-grand kids
  5. Fall in love
  6. Have at least one “forever” relationship with a person
  7. Be owner of a successful business
  8. Swim with the dolphins (Ok maybe just get in the water with one)
  9. Own a home
  10. Have a best-seller
  11. Hug Dwayne Johnson
  12. Witness everyone having equal rights
  13. See a female president of the U.S. in office
  14. Have a wedding
  15. Meet Alanis Morissette
  16. Be a dress size 8
  17. Learn how to swim
  18. Speak more than two languages
  19. Learn to play a musical instrument
  20. Write a song
  21. Drive on Germany’s autobahn network
  22. Have a romantic kiss at the top of the Eiffel Tower
  23. See all of the United States
  24. Have a gelato in Italy
  25. Go to the ballet and Opera
  26. Befriend someone famous
  27. Get a degree
  28. Ride in a helicopter
  29. Have a paintball war
  30. Ride a mechanical bull
  31. Beat my stage fright
  32. Be a YouTube sensation for a week
  33. Heal my butterfly phobia
  34. Own a 1970’s Stingray Corvette
  35. Be influential
  36. Make a difference
  37. Create a charitable organization
  38. See the cures for many diseases
  39. Witness a collective evolution of man
  40. Get a kiss from Alicia Keys

What’s on your list?

Blog Update

I’ve decided to separate my business posts from my personal posts. Here is where I will continue to share my triumphs, disappointments and even those pesky rants. Specifics about my writings and upcoming projects can be found on Written by May Torres. I do hope you will hop on over and follow.  See you there 😉

P.S. 😀 Even though I know you’re rushing right over to the new blog, I want to share this post about a fun idea I’m thinking about>> Enchanted Summer Games


April 22, 2010. That’s the date my first novel was released! It’s almost that time again. My baby will be celebrating its first birthday. Join me in celebrating this milestone. Over at my publisher’s facebook page, we’re holding a contest. Here is a snippet from the publisher’s post:

“In honor of our one year bookaversary, the day our debut titles were released. We will be holding a contest throughout the month of April. Our actual bookaversary is April 22. Celebrate with us!

(Click here for Touche Publishing’s Facebook Page)

Refer a Friend Contest

The contest will be set up with a points system in place. Be the first contestant to accumulate 100 points and win! By getting your friends to participate on Touche Publishing’s “fan” page, through various activities, you can be the winner of an Electronic Book Reader.”


(Click here for the full post)

A big thanks to everyone who has followed my journey this past year.  You have made it such a rewarding experience for me. I continue to learn from each one of you. You only make me better, so don’t go anywhere 🙂

It’s Been a While


It’s been a while since I’ve blogged.  I have taken some time to concentrate on new projects. It seems people in my social circle are enjoying my first crack at writing a novel.  Enchanted Island has been available since April 2010 and, now through Amazon.com for two months.  It seems like its been a hundred years since its release.  It’s a slow painful process, promoting the book.  There were plenty of people showing interest once they knew I had written a book.  When it was time to put the book out there, all I heard was crickets 🙂 Despite the slow process, I’ve managed to sell half the first edition copies printed.  So now I have started on a new story. It doesn’t have a title as of yet but, it’s most probably going to be classified as Fantasy.  Along with the new book project, I’m planning a sweet 16 birthday party for my daughter coming up in August. My son just graduated from high school two weeks ago. So, I’ve been pretty busy.  And if that wasn’t enough, I’m preparing for an event called FaerieCon. Yes, you read it correctly. I went last year and had a ball. This time I will be attending as a vendor. I will be selling my book and some other handmade items. It’s a big deal, lots of people come from across the country and even from out of the country, to attend.  I’ve been busy crafting a few things to put up for sale. I’m also going to get back into making my own natural product, such as lip balms,lotions and body washes. I used to make them before and loved it but, then life got in the way. So it’s a very busy time for me.  I don’t mind though. I needed a little breather, so I decided to catch up with my blog because, it’s been a while.

For The Love of Reading

As I scour the internet, to drum up interest for Enchanted Island, I’m finding that, many of our young people don’t like to read.  I’ve seen on countless social networking profiles, statements like, “I don’t need books, I hate reading.”  It saddens me to see such things coming from our youth.  Taking a closer look, a majority of these statements are coming from minorities. It makes me wonder,what made them so adamant about not reading? I remember back to when I was younger, how much I enjoyed reading. In my teen years, I only stuck to one genre, but at least I was reading. As I got older, I branched out into different genres and reaffirmed my love of reading. I can remember when I was just a little girl, my mother would make sure that I had books to read. I fondly remember books from my youth and how my mother took the time to read them to me. My favorite story was Harry and The Terrible Whatzit by Dick Gackenbach. Great memories come to mind as I recall that time. I question whether these youngsters that dislike reading so much, had the same experience. I’m gathering, perhaps not. When I became a mother, I followed my mother’s example and, bought lots of books for my children.  My son started kindergarten at age four and, already knew how to read. My youngest, I swear, she came out of the womb talking. I’m not in any way saying I deserve, mother-of-the-year award. I just wish more parents would instill a love of reading. It’s disheartening to read statements from our youth, that they hate reading. I’m not sure if it’s a matter of them not having stories and characters to relate to, or just exactly what I pointed out before. Parents not taking the time to read and stress the advantages of reading. Even more so, now, it’s my mission to create stories for those who feel slighted. Writers write what they know about, so the question should be, are there enough minority writers in the main stream? I’m not so sure. Growing up, I don’t believe I ever read a story with Latino characters. I’m sure they had to be out there, just not readily available. My hope is that, I can help to change this situation.  For the love of reading! Our minority kids need to be engaged.

Following a Dream

The last few days have been so exciting. I finally told my kids about my book Enchanted Island. As expected, my daughter was a little more excited. My son was interested and asked questions about it, but to get him to read it, is going to take some work :D… If it’s not about sports or video games, he’s going to have a tough time getting interested. But he WILL read it eventually 😀

This past weekend, there was a Presale for Enchanted Island held. This event was my coming out, so to speak. I’ve now gone public to my friends. I must say, they have been impressed with what I was able to accomplish. One of my old high School friends went as far as to call me her hero. She said I inspired her to continue with her dream. She had kept her dream from those close to her, just as I did. I wish her all the luck in the world and I will most definitely support her.

My fellow writer friend and I, are so completely beside ourselves. The website is getting a lot of traffic these days, and there were already orders placed during the Presale.  R.C. Berry is the author of Set in Stone: The Life and Death of Medusa and a wonderful friend of mine. To find out more about us and our debut novels visit: http://www.touchepublishers.com

Enchanted Island’s Proof

Okayyyyyy! I’m so excited! The proof for my book Enchanted Island has arrived. This is the most exciting thing to happen to me in a very LONG time. All the printing company needs, is the go ahead. The book will be printed and, ready for sale in just days. This has been such a wonderful experience for me. I always enjoyed writing, I just never liked the part where I shared my work. I decided to step out of my comfort zone, the ending of last year. I knew it was now or never, because I truly wanted to change my circumstances. I was at a point in my life, where it seemed like, everything I touched went to hell. I was struggling financially, along with countless others, on account of this bad economy. I’m proud of myself for then taking control, and doing something. I don’t know what will become of my book, but I have hopes that people will enjoy it. I would be lying if I said I didn’t dream of becoming some famous author. My author friend and I, spend the time away, imagining the endless opportunities. I’m proud of myself for accomplishing what I set out to do. I started it, and I completed it. There are so many people who start writing a novel, but never see it through. I did it, working 12 hour days, attending my kids’ basketball games and any other responsibilities that come with being a single mom. Of course, I hope this new path, will lead to a great success beyond my wildest dreams. Truth be told, I already feel successful. Anything that comes next, is going to be icing on the cake. Today is a great day. Thanks be to the gods 😉